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Hepple Sloe & Hawthorn Gin

Hepple Sloe & Hawthorn Gin

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Wander the hills and hedgerows of Hepple with an incredibly round, distinctive spirit that is perfectly balanced: elegantly dry from the addition of hawthorn, satisfyingly fresh from juniper, with big, juicy notes of almond and sour cherries and a peppery finish thanks to the gin resting on sloe berries for over nine months.

Not just for Christmas: the complex flavours from our Hepple Sloe & Hawthorn Gin stand out amazingly in lemon-based serves, bitter serves that need a rounding component, or alongside sherries.

 

ELEGANT | JUICY | BRIGHT | PEPPERY

29.9% VOL   |   500 ML

Our Home

With over 4000 acres of remote land to explore, Hepple hosts rich biodiversity that lends to our botanicals offering some of the best flavours out there.

We have the cleanest waters in England to nourish our plants, with babbling brooks feeding into tranquil ponds surrounded by lovage and blackcurrants. Gusting winds force our bog myrtle and Douglas firs to root deep into the earth to take hold, while wild horses, cows, pigs and stags churn up the ground so that our juniper trees can take root. Over a fifth of juniper found in Northumberland National Park resides in Hepple, which we exclusively harvest.

As our distillery is on our estate, the botanicals we harvest are fresh and picked at their prime, ensuring that the flavours and aromas of Hepple fill every bottle we produce.

The Hepple Juniper Trust

To ensure that we return the land back to its past glory, the Hepple Juniper Trust was set up to help replenish the UK’s juniper trees. Support by the National Park and Natural England, we’ve planted over 60 juniper trees, growing towards our long-term target of having 2000 trees planted, so that we’ll have plenty of juniper (and gin!) for generations to come.

 Every year participants of the Trust plant their juniper saplings before naming and geotagging them. The newly planted trees stand alongside some of our ancient juniper groves. Gender for the juniper isn’t revealed until the trees are 15 years old, which is when we find out how many females we have to start producing berries.

Shipping & Delivery

Free delivery for all mainland UK orders over £45, otherwise there is a £5 delivery fee at checkout.

We aim for all orders placed before noon to be delivered on the next business day, however weekend orders will arrive from Tuesday.

Deliveries to our friends in the Highlands and islands may take a bit longer and are sent via Royal Mail. You will receive a confirmation of your order to your email (don’t forget to check your junk/spam folders!).

During busier times, such as the Christmas period, there may be a delay in getting your order out, due to postal times.

REFUNDS
We’re happy to refund bottles that are unopened and are in resaleable condition (ie/ undamaged packaging) within 30 days of purchase. Please note that postage will not be refunded.

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Botanicals

Tasting Notes

How to Serve

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Process

We rest sloe and hawthorn berries on our gin for over nine months, maximising the juicy, dry and peppery notes we extract from the berries. We then add in a small amount of sugar to round out its mouthfeel, without overpowering its elegantly dry flavour.

Our unique Triple Distillation Method was pioneered to preserve the character of our home, through our botanicals, so that the flavours and aromas at the time of their harvest are what you’re experiencing in every bottle of Hepple.

For our Sloe & Hawthorn Gin, we begin our distillation method using a process traditionally used to create a ‘one-shot’ London Dry-style gin, in order to capture a rich, creamy smoothness in our spirits.

Next we take our bay leaves, cloves, and black pepper and distil them in a glass vacuum, lowering the boiling point to 40C, so that we’re able to preserve complex, fresh flavours that would normally be destroyed. You can particularly taste this part of the process in the finish of Hepple Sloe & Hawthorn Gin.

Finally, our supercritical extractor brings a depth of flavour to the juniper we add here. Putting the juniper berries under intense pressure (at which point molecules hit a supercritical state of being both a liquid and a gas simultaneously), we get our Gin’s signature intense and elegant hit of cedar, sandalwood, and bitterness.

Pairs Well With

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